Student rental - Private Renters in Camden
Finding suitable student accommodation is not always easy. Renting as a student can be slightly different to other types of renting. There are certain things to consider to be sure that the home is right for you.
When and where to start looking
It is recommended to start looking for properties one to two months before you need to move. The University of London housing service (ULHS) holds a housing fair each year, where private student accommodation is advertised. Other places to look include:
- The university of London’s student and college accommodation website
- Right Move
- On the Market
- Facebook marketplace
- Accommodation for students
Choosing who to live with
The people that you live with whilst studying can make a big difference to your university or college experience. Finding the right flatmates for you is an important part of choosing your home. Things to consider include, budgets, lifestyle, schedules and contract length.
The ULHS has a flatmate finder Facebook group, which can help in your search for flatmates. They also run events where you can meet people who are also looking for flatmates. Most universities and colleges will have their own social media pages and events, where you can connect with other students also looking for somewhere to live.
Check your contract
Before signing a contract, it is important that you read it carefully, and make sure it matches what you have discussed with your landlord or agent. If you are unsure, it is advised that you get someone trusted to take a look for a second opinion and use contract checking services. The ULHS offer appointments to check contracts with students.
Whilst living in your home, you may be faced with issues that can be helped by seeking legal advice. It is important to know what options are available to you, and that you are being treated fairly and within your rights. Things that may require legal advice include:
- Getting your deposit back
- Leaving the property early
- Problems in the home that aren’t being resolved e.g. repairs, infestations or mould
- A break in a cause in your contract
- Intrusive landlords
You can receive legal advice on these, and other situations from places such as
When seeking legal advice, different places may recommend different action. To avoid conflicting information, use the same source for each issue.
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